Germanwings crash: Andreas Lubitz searched online for suicide and cockpit doors

Andreas Lubitz conducted Internet research on “cockpit doors” and “suicide” days before crashing a Germanwings plane into the French Alps, German prosecutors revealed on Thursday, as the doomed jet’s second black box was finally recovered.

The web searches are the strongest indication yet that the 27-year-old co-pilot committed premeditated mass murder when he locked his captain out of the Airbus A320 and slammed the plane into a mountainside last Tuesday, killing 150.

It also emerged that forensic experts had identified 150 genetic profiles from more than 2,000 body parts recovered from the crash site at Le Vernet in the Provence Alps. These now need to be matched to DNA samples provided by victims’ families, said Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin – a process that could take “three to five weeks”.